Nov. 29, 2007
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NO. 7 INDIANA (2-2) at KENTUCKY (1-2)
Records: Indiana 2-2/Kentucky 1-2
Lancaster Aquatic Center- 5 p.m. ET
Last Meeting: Indiana 175, Kentucky 125
Diving at Ohio State Diving Invitational
McCorkle Aquatics Center- All Day
SETTING THE SCENE
Coming off the unscored Hoosierland Open, Nov. 15-17, Indiana jumps back into dual meet competition as it travels to Kentucky to take on the Wildcats.
The meet is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the L
While the swimmers are in Kentucky, the IU diving squad will head to Columbus, Ohio for the three-day Ohio State Diving Invitational.
NEWS AND NOTES
Indiana is 2-2 in dual meets, most recently dropping a double dual with No. 1 Texas and No. 5 Michigan at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center on Nov. 2.
Indiana dominated the Hoosierland Open, winning 13 of 18 events.
In diving, Taylor Roberts took home the 1-meter title with 358.75 points, while freshman Landon Marzullo was third (335.60). Kris Hill rounded out the Hoosier contingent in the finals with a seventh-place finish (283.00).
Indiana went 2-3-4 in platform with Landon Marzullo (345.55), Will Bohonyi (330.25) and David Legler (324.20).
Despite a short break from collegiate competition, seniors Ben Hesen and Todd Patrick traveled to Italy where they competed in the three-day Grand Prix Italy.
Hesen was second in the 50-meter backstroke on day three of the event with a time of 25.10. On day one he was third in the event but clocked in at 24.77.
Patrick was third in the 200-meter individual medley (2:01.38) on day one and third in the 100-meter IM on day two (55.28).
Due to a delay in construction of its new aquatics center, Tennessee's dual meet with Indiana has been moved to January 18 at 1 p.m.
Indiana remains No. 7 in the CSCAA Top 25 last released on Nov. 7. They share the No. 7 spot with California.
The Wildcats posted a 188-112 win over Louisville on Nov. 3 for their only dual meet victory of the season.
UK's 400-yard freestyle relay has earned an CAA "B" cut time of 2:58.89.
Freshman Tyler Reed has posted an NCAA "B" qualifying time of 4:25.57 in the 500-freestyle.
Kentucky finished eighth at the 2007 SEC Swimming Championships.
Senior Will Vietti took 16th overall in the 100-breaststroke at the 2007 NCAA Championships.
Head coach Gary Conelly is in his 17th season at Kentucky.
HESEN, PATRICK COMPETE AT GRAND PRIX ITALY
IU seniors Ben Hesen and Todd Patrick competed at the Grand Prix Italy, Nov. 22, 23 and 25.
In the event opener Nov. 22 in Viareggio, Hesen placed first in his heat in the 50-meter backstroke with a time of 25.29 and went on to finish third in the finals, touching the wall in 24.77. Competing the 100-meter back, Hesen was third in his heat at 54.55 and qualified for the finals where he finished seventh (54.56).
Patrick swam the 100-meter freestyle where his time of 52.06 in the prelims was 40th overall. Patrick also competed in the 200-meter individual medley where he took first in his heat (2:02.64) and third in the finals (2:01.38).
Day two of the meet took place in Genova. Patrick opened with the 50-meter freestyle and was 12th overall with a time of 23.24. Competing in the 200-meter backstroke preliminaries, Hesen clocked a time of 2:04.48, good for ninth.
Hesen was fifth overall in the prelims of the 50-meter butterfly and took third in the finals with a time of 24.27. Patrick was the top qualifier in the 100-meter individual medley with a time of 56.37 and went on to finish third in the final (55.28).
On day three in Travagliato, Hesen got things started in the 50-meter backstroke where he qualified second overall with a time of 25.37 and went on to claim a second-place finish in the finals (25.10). Patrick was the fifth-fastest qualifier in the 50-meter butterfly (24.94) and posted a sixth-place finish in the finals with a time of 24.68.
Swimming the 100-meter individual medley, Hesen was third in qualifying with a time of 56.66 and placed third overall with a finals swim of 57.37. Patrick also competed in the 100-meter butterfly where he finished 12th in qualifying with a time of 55.40.
SWIMMING SIGNS THREE FOR 2008-09
Eric Ress (Hebron, Conn.), Tyler Shedron (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Jim Barbiere (Cincinnati, Ohio) have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their swimming careers at Indiana University, head coach Ray Looze announced Nov. 26.
Ress, out of the Southern Connecticut Swim Club (SoNoCo), placed second in the 200-meter backstroke at the 2007 Speedo Junior National Championships with a time of 2:02.30, good enough to qualify for the Olympic Trials. Ress also competed at the USA Swimming National Championships this past summer in the 100 back (58.39) and 200 back (2:04.44).
A dual citizen of both the U.S. and France, Ress is the French National Age Group record holder in the 100 and 200 backstroke. He is currently training for the French Olympic Trials in April and will compete on its junior team this summer at the World and European Junior Championships. His father Colin represented France at the 1976 Olympics.
"I feel that at IU I can succeed individually as a swimmer, but what I am looking forward to is helping the team progress as a whole," Ress said. "I want to help the team win the Big Ten Championships and do well as the NCAAs. After my trip to Indiana I feel the guys and the team environment there will make my experience one to remember."
"Eric is one of the fastest high school backstrokers in the nation and will develop into an outstanding freestyler and individual medley swimmer," Looze said.
Swimming with Excel Aquatics out of Brentwood, Tenn., Shedron holds numerous age group short course and long course team records as well as high school All-America swim titles and United States Swimming Scholastic All-America awards. Shedron is a former Southeastern Swimming high point champion as well as a Southeastern record holder in the 500 free. Most recently he achieved an Olympic Trials cut in the 200-meter butterfly. He was invited to the USA National Select Camp in November of 2006 for his performance in the 200 fly.
At Ravenwood High School, Shedron holds records in the 50, 100, 200 and 500 free, as well as the 100 back and 100 fly. He is a two-time state finalist in the 100 fly and three-time finalist in the 500 free.
"I chose IU over some other great schools because of the chemistry I felt with the coaches and team," Shedron said. "I am interested in business and sports marketing and IU has a great reputation in both fields. I am very excited to join the great swimming tradition at Indiana University. This is a dream come true."
"Tyler give us one of the best young 200 butterflyers in the country," Looze said. "His technique is outstanding and he comes from a club team we have experience a lot of success with in the past."
Barbiere attends St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio where he helped lead the AquaBombers to their ninth-straight state title by clocking a time of 50.06 in the 100-yard backstroke to win the Ohio State High School Championship as a junior. He was crowned the YMCA Short Course National Champion in the same event with a time of 50.93. At the YMCA Long Course National Championships he took home titles in the 50-meter backstroke (27.81), 100-meter backstroke (59.36) and 100-meter freestyle (53.44).
The son of 12-time IU All-American and 1968 Olympian Larry Barbiere, Jim is a 10-time high school All-American and has earned a total of six state titles.
"I chose Indiana because I believe the coaches will help me achieve my maximum potential, Barbiere said. "Indiana has a beautiful campus and is a great school."
"Jimmy is the reigning Ohio state 100 backstroke champion and an outstanding freestyler as well," Looze said.
DIVING SIGNS ALTMAN-KUROSAKI
Indiana University head diving coach Dr. Jeff Huber announced Nov. 27 that Linus Altman-Kurosaki (New York, New York) will join the IU diving program beginning with the 2008-09 season.
Altman-Kurosaki competes with the Morningside Divers in New York and has had success on both the national and international levels. He was crowned the 2005 Speedo National Junior Diving champion in the 1-meter springboard and won the 3-meter springboard title in 2006. In 2005, Altman-Kurosaki competed at the Junior Pan-American games where he finished second in the 1-meter event and fourth in the platform.
At the senior level, Altman-Kurosaki was 21st in the 3-meter prelims at the 2007 Speedo USA Diving Spring Nationals and placed 3rd in the 3-meter at the 2006 USA Diving Senior Zone A meet.
"I am really excited about having Linus become a member of the IU diving program next season," Huber said. "He is a former junior national champion with a great deal of junior and senior competition experience. He is strong on all three boards (1M, 3M, and 10M), has a lot of athletic talent, and the potential to become a national champion for the Hoosiers. He was recruited by a number of top programs and I know IU Assistant Diving Coach Todd Waikel worked hard in the recruiting process to help us sign Linus."